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Las Vegas Optic (Newspaper) - September 2, 2015, Las Vegas, New MexicoACROSS 1 Mountain passes in India 6 ATM output 10 They go with guys 14 Type of turn 15 Chorus member 16 Be a gadabout 17 Archaic “prior” 18 Horn sound 19 Bald eagle’s relative 20 Part of some ships 22 And others, for short 23 Stat for pitchers 24 It may be polished 26 Coastal region 31 Obtain 32 An angler may spin one 33 “It’s OK after all” in editing 35 Sound from a hen’s brood 39 Flying military branch (Abbr.) 40 Black billiard ball 42 River to the Caspian Sea 43 Creator of “Don Juan” 45 “The ___ Bears Movie” (1985) 46 Spanish artist Joan 47 British rule in India 49 Flight attendant’s prop 51 Flycatchers and Lisa on “Friends” 55 Cigarette dropping 56 Type of IRA 57 Novice Boy Scout 63 Just a smidge 64 ___ gin fizz 65 San Antonio mission 66 “Big Brother” host Julie 67 Arab ruler 68 Grant entry 69 Three feet make one 70 Sailors, in slang 71 Shows stamina DOWN 1 Wimbledon champ Steffi 2 Fifties audiophile’s purchase 3 Quite excited 4 Drive-___ window 5 Component of 2-Down 6 Emotionally purging 7 Burn-soothing plant 8 Ermine, in summer 9 Ballpark snack 10 Horticulturist’s need, figura- tively 11 Main artery from the heart 12 Hawaii island 13 Aroma 21 Clear the blackboard 25 Common Market inits., once 26 Ticket end 27 Not very challenging 28 Winglike 29 Deck or second? 30 French Impressionist 34 Sewers, at times 36 Great Lakes city 37 Countess counterpart 38 Parcel of land 41 Comb, in a way 44 Apprehend 48 High-flying elite 50 One in bondage 51 Quite expensive (Var.) 52 Ado 53 Cousin of a mink 54 Alabama march city 58 Film ___ (movie genre) 59 Dog’s tormentor 60 Feedbag fillers 61 Skip over 62 Thousands of pounds DEAR ABBY: I was recently the target of a romance scam on a popular singles website. After being a divorcee for 15 years, I decided to try online dating. Minutes after I went online, someone asked to chat. He said he was a widower with an adult daughter and a jeweler by trade, living near me but return- ing to Florida the next day with ultimate plans to relocate to my area. He mentioned he was orig- inally from Germany and had an accent. We chatted on Google Hangouts, and he sent me sweet emails every morning saying how much he loved meeting me and that it was “our time to have a second chance.” After three weeks of chat- ting but only a short, garbled phone conversation, he asked for a favor. He was attending a jewelry show and needed me to send his diamond supplier money to pay for a shipment. He made it sound urgent and gave me a name and address in Ghana where he could get the best quality diamonds at the best price. All along I had kept my guard up, but his request confirmed for me that it was a scam. When I Googled the Ghana name and address, it came back “Ghana Scammer.” Abby, these people even provided photos of the per- son they pretended to be, along with a cellphone and address that actually were under the name of the person they were impersonating. A couple of telltale signs people should be aware of: First, if you don’t talk to them or their cellphone seems to have a very bad connection, it’s likely they aren’t in the country. Second: If you can’t meet in person, it’s likely they’re pretending to be someone else. He told me that his email had been hacked, and then someone tried to have a conversation from his email ask- ing me personal questions about my retirement funds. Please help me warn oth- ers about these types of scams. -- LOVELESS IN WASHINGTON DEAR LOVELESS: Gladly! Thank you for writing about your near-miss, because many trusting people have been vic- timized in this way. Phone and online scams have more than proliferated this year; they appear to have metastasized. No less than five individuals I know have been approached by scammers trying to lure them into money-losing “prop- ositions.” Two of them were told they were having prob- lems with their tax returns. (Not true.) Two others got the “Grandma, please don’t tell my parents, but I’m in jail and need bail money” phone calls. One of the women is child- less; the other told the caller, “That’s funny. You didn’t mention it when I talked to you two hours ago.” (The caller hung up on her.) It takes courage and trust to open oneself up to a stranger you hope could become the love of your life. Romance scammers know this can make people vulner- able. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this particular type of scammer typically tries to lure potential victims away from a dating website and communicate privately by email or instant messages. They tend to profess their love very quickly, and spin elaborate tales about business ventures, overseas travel or family problems that end in requests for money or favors from their mark. According to a recent FBI report, romance scams made up more than 10 percent of the $800 million in Internet crimes committed against Americans last year. Readers, as much as you might want to believe the impassioned appeals, guard your hearts and your bank accounts from these scam- mers. Report them to your dating website and to FTC. gov. Protect yourselves by visiting USA.gov/scams-and- frauds and learning how doz- ens of these scams work and where to report it if you have been victimized. Dear abby abigail Van buren CrossworD Puzzle Monday’s Solution bigar HorosCoPes HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015: This year is one of the most positive ones you will have experienced in a while. You will be lucky, yet you also will have a tendency to overindulge. Understand your limits, and make adjustments that you feel are important. If you are single, you might meet some- one who encour- ages you to broaden your hori- zons. This person could play a significant role in this year, and possibly many more. If you are attached, the two of you will decide to initiate a new phase in your relationship. You could become more me-ori- ented, so make sure to give equal attention to your significant other. TAURUS is much more stubborn than you are. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH Your determination emerges. You’ll dive into an issue, professionally or person- ally, that could have ramifications involved. An idea that has been hovering in your mind just might work. You’ll want to make sure everything goes as you would like it to. Tonight: Tell it like it is. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You don’t have to agree with the group, but it would be wise to keep your thoughts to yourself at this point. Others come to you for creative brain- storming. At that point, you might be able to offer your sug- gestions. Tonight: You smile, and others come toward you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH You will attract more of what you want if you can look at a situation and decide how reasonable it is to continue on your present path. Make no deci- sions just yet. Given a few days, you will know exactly what to do. Open up to new possibilities. Tonight: Honor a fast change. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH You gain a different perspective when surrounded by others. However, some of you might decide to argue each point being presented. If you feel your perspective is that important, then the differences between you and others are worth looking at. Tonight: Hang out. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHH Don’t get too set in your ways. Stubbornness does nothing to improve a difficult situation. In fact, power plays need to be avoided right now. Try not to get into the details of a disagreement, especially if you can stay out of the matter altogether. Tonight: Pace yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Lady Luck will be with you, as long as you don’t decide to do anything too far-out. Your smile will express confidence and could take you a long way. Brainstorm your way through a problem. Once you gain a better perspective, you’ll come up with a solution. Tonight: Out late. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You could be on your way to taking a grand leap into the unknown, but you might not even realize it. Note whether you are an emotional thinker. If you see that tendency, be more aware of your feelings, but opt for logic. Tonight: Take some much-needed personal time. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHHH Your imagination gives you the ability to move for- ward and make strong decisions. Others see the role your intuitive side plays in your life. Many of them would like to access that same side themselves. Help them do just that. Tonight: Defer to a loved one. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH Actions count. Do what you must, but also clear out errands and calls that you have been postponing. Tap into your resourcefulness once you com- plete these tasks. Spend time with a close friend, even if it is on the phone. Tonight: Make sure you are getting enough exercise. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Reach out to a child or new friend. A quality about this person makes you laugh and relax, and his or her pres- ence in your life remains posi- tive. As a result, you will gain a new perspective. Open up to a more spontaneous way of living. Tonight: Be more childlike. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Remain content, even if a situation around your personal life is not going well or as you would like it to. You can’t have control over this matter, because one or more people are involved. No one has the right to control someone else. Tonight: At home. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Speak your mind, and remain sure of yourself. You could be challenged by others. You will want to respond to ques- tions positively, as this will help you to re-examine your ideas. You’ll want to make sure your position is as strong as possible. Tonight: Hang with a friend. JaCqueline bigar BODY SCAN By Joel D. Meyers SCAMMERS ARE ON DATING SITES HOPING TO LURE TRUSTING MARKS BABY BLUES HAGAR THE HORRIBLE DILBERT BLONDIE TIGER MUTTS ZITS TINKERSONS Wednesday, September 2, 2015 5las Vegas OPTIC Dear Heloise: Years ago, I recall a column you had about MICROWAVING. The reader was drying herbs, I think. If I recall cor- rectly, you stated that you should not use any paper towels with designs when microwaving, just plain white ones. Am I remembering correctly, and why only white paper towels? -- Tina D. in Kentucky You remembered correctly! And thanks for the reminder that it’s time to reprint this safety hint again. Only use plain white paper towels when putting anything in the microwave, especially if cooking or reheating food. The dyes in paper towels with designs are not approved for use with food when microwaving if the paper towel will be touching the food. Also, paper towels made of recycled material (typically not white in color) may cause “arcing” if there are tiny flecks of metal in the material. You don’t want to start a fire! -- Heloise BUYING BULK Dear Heloise: I needed 1 cup of raisins and sunflower seeds for a salad recipe. I was going to use the bulk section at the grocery store and didn’t want to get too much or too little. I took my measuring cup from home and lined it with the plastic bags in the bulk section. This way, I could get exactly 1 cup of the ingredients I needed, and there was no waste. I lined the cup because I didn’t want to dip my cup in the bulk bin, as this probably would be against health-department rules. -- Carol G., Fort Wayne, Ind. Carol, not sure about the health laws, but since they are bulk bins, you can always ask someone at the store. A little over or a little under for a salad recipe will not affect the dish. “Guess-timate,” and enjoy any over- age as a snack. -- Heloise MINI LIQUOR BOTTLES Dear Heloise: Frequently, a recipe may call for liquor. As an infrequent imbiber, not much is kept in my house. I recently needed 1/4 cup of rum for baking; I did not want to spend the money on a full bottle. The liquor store had “airline-size” bottles of everything for $0.99. Problem solved! -- Myrna W., Ventura County, Calif. Myrna, this is a good hint. You do need to check the recipe for the amount of alcohol needed. Some of the little bottles called a nip contain 50 ml of liquor. Some are larger or maybe smaller. -- Heloise NO SLIP Dear Heloise: I sometimes use cut- ting boards that are thin and plastic. I put a disinfectant wipe underneath. This not only keeps the cutting board from slipping, but I can use it to wipe up the counter when I’m all done cut- ting up the ingredients. -- Lola W., Knoxville, Tenn. Heloise Hints from Heloise Design Flaw for Microwave E-mail: Heloise@ Heloise.com

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